Well let’s starts off with what is neck pain from whiplash? Well whiplash is a more visceral account of what has happened to your neck when you get in a car crash or an accident. The neck itself makes a whip-like motion bending first forward and then back. As the head moves quickly in one direction, the muscles in the neck receive the message to contract. The momentum of the head can cause a strain or sprain on the muscles and ligaments in your neck. Whiplash is most commonly caused be car accidents. Whiplash can be caused by front, back or side to side rapid movement of the neck.
Now, don’t worry shaking your head no is not going to give you whiplash. Massage is useful when dealing with this type of injury because it helps to relax your muscles and relieve pain. Massage also increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the healing tissues and opens these tissues so they can receive oxygen and nutrients, which helps speed up the healing process.
Myofascial release can be very helpful because it restores fluidity to the fascia and allows freer movement of the muscles and ligaments. Friction-based massage can also help to break up scar tissue and relieve stiffness in the neck. Truly any type of bodywork that stimulates circulation helps ease and prevent headaches will help with this injury. Massage can also help calm people down after their accident especially if it has been traumatic. Relaxing massages and oils can help you heal from this accident and heal faster. Gentle neck movement without straining your range of motion is especially useful.
Remember to address this right if you feel neck pain and stiffness, headaches, pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades, low back pain, and pain or numbness in the arms or extremities. And of course talk to your doctor first they can tell you if massage is the right course of treatment for you but keep it in mind it has wonderful benefits and you don’t have to be injured to get a massage.